JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM: SPRING 2013
Judicial Externship Program (JEP) is a 4-credit hour Pass/Low
Pass/Fail program open to students who have completed at
least their first full year of law school and want to do
legal research and writing for federal appellate, district
or magistrate judges or designated Illinois appellate or
circuit court judges.
JEP enables a student to become involved in particular
legal problems through research and writing, and to contribute
to the resolution of those problems by participating in
drafting memoranda and opinions. Depending upon the judge,
an extern may also have the opportunity to observe from
a unique perspective that judge's day-to-day routine and
to discuss with him/her the issues and problems that judges
confront. Take advantage of this prestigious learning opportunity
while enhancing your marketability in the legal world.
For additional information about JEP, you may also refer
to the Law School website, "Law
Applications for Spring Judicial Externships are now available
in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), in the Career
Services Office, and in front of the Spakateria.
If you have any questions about the Program or the application
itself, please contact Professor
Completed applications should be submitted to Ms. Carole
Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross, Room 612, by Tuesday,
October 9, at 5:00 p.m.
Legal Externship Program
A2P Legal Externship is a 4-credit hour non-graded program
which enables you to extern with a supervising attorney
in a wide variety of legal areas – private or public, civil
or criminal. Externships are available for the Fall, Spring
and Summer semesters. Some public sector externships enable
you to obtain a 711 license and appear in court.
To become a good lawyer and to supplement what you learn
in the classroom, you need practical experience in real-world
legal work. Most students aren't fortunate enough to receive
a paid clerking position — or even a volunteer opportunity
— that teaches what they want to learn. LEP presents a unique
and important opportunity to gain exposure to an area of
the law in which you are interested and helps you significantly
broaden your future employment opportunities.
Students interested in civil law may extern in a wide variety
of places. For example, some have externed at the City of
Chicago Corporation Counsel's Office, Office of the Illinois
Attorney General, Illinois Commerce Commission, Immigration
Court of the U.S. Department of Justice, Internal Revenue
Service, and Environmental Protection Agency, as well approved
in-house corporate legal counsel.
Students interested in criminal law have externed at the
US Attorney's Office, the Office of the Federal Defender,
and at the offices of the State's Attorney and Public Defender
in Cook County as well as the surrounding counties.
Information and application packets for Spring 2013 will
be available both on
line as well as in front of the Spakateria, in Career
Services Office, and in Room 600 Law Offices reception area
If you would like more information, please check the Externship
web page: http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/academics/jd-program/practical-skills-training/externships/students.
Spring 2013 Semester: for Credit Legal Externship with
the U.S. Dept. Of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship
and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Externs will gain experience in immigration law in the
areas of citizenship, asylum, and immigration benefits;
will draft briefs on visa petition appeals and research
issues in immigration law and criminal law; and will also
have the opportunity to assist with federal litigation,
primarily mandamus actions. The extern will rotate among
the various departments within USCIS to observe citizenship,
adjudications and asylum interviews.
If you are interested, please submit a copy of your resume
and writing sample to:
Ms. Debra G. Gordon or Mr. Tom O'Malley
Associate Counsel, USCIS
101 W. Congress Pkwy.
Chicago, IL 60605
Applicants must submit their materials by October 19,
Please notify Prof. Gross (firstname.lastname@example.org)
if and when you are selected as an extern.
Spring 2013 Semester: U.S. Department of Justice – Chicago
The United States Department of Justice has openings for
externs with the Chicago Immigration Court for Spring of
2013. All second and third year law students are eligible
and encouraged to apply. Prior knowledge of immigration
law is helpful, but not absolutely necessary. Strong research
and writing skills are required.
Issues commonly before the Court include asylum, cancellation
of removal, and motions to reopen. The types of projects
assigned to externs will entail:
Research and preparation of memoranda on complex legal
Drafting decisions on motions pending before the Court
Drafting decisions on applications for relief from removal.
Externs will work under the supervision of the Court's
Attorney Advisors, but will also have interaction with individual
All applicants must be United States citizens. A commitment
of 10-12 hours per week is required by the Court.
If you are interested, please email a detailed cover letter,
resume, law school transcript (official or unofficial),
and writing sample of no more than fifteen pages, to:
Lorraine Gaynor, Attorney Advisor
Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday,
October 12, 2012.
Interviews will be held between October 22 and October
25. Externs will be expected to start in mid-January.
Please notify Prof. Gross (email@example.com)
if you are selected as an extern and wish to receive credit..
Spring 2013 Semester: U.S. Department of Education, Office
for Civil Rights
The United States Department of Education, Office for Civil
Rights (OCR), enforces several Federal civil rights laws
that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color,
national origin, sex disability and age. OCR also enforces
the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act of 2001 that
prohibits the denial of equal access or a fair opportunity
to meet with, or discriminate against, any group officially
affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America. Successful extern
candidates will work with OCR attorneys and investigators
on one or more teams in the Chicago Office to resolve discrimination
The extern will observe and participate in complainant
and witness interviews, participate in the drafting of all
documents pertinent to an OCR investigation, including letters
of notification, data requests and letters of finding. The
extern may have the opportunity to participate in local
on-site investigations and will assist with data analysis,
engage in substantial legal research and be expected to
adhere to the tight time frames of the Department. The team
attorney(s) with whom the extern will work will supervise
the extern's work. The extern coordinator, the deputy chief
attorney and chief attorney will also be available to assist
If you are interested, please submit a letter of interest
along with a copy of your resume and writing sample, postmarked
no later than October 12, 2012 to:
Ms. Lauren E. Moynihan Skerrett
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
500 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60661
Applications may also be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please notify Prof. Gross (email@example.com)
if you are selected as an extern and wish to receive credit.
Spring 2013: Legal Externships with U.S. Department of
Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Location: Office of the Chief Counsel
U.S. Dept. Of Homeland Security B ICE
525 W. Van Buren Street, Suite 701
Chicago, IL 60607
Qualifications: 2L or 3L during Spring 2013
Previous or concurrent course work in immigration law helpful
United States Citizenship
Description: The extern will assist in the representation
of the U.S. Government in deportation, removal, and bond
proceedings; provide advice and support to the various components
of ICE; draft motions and briefs for practice before the
U.S. Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals and
U.S. District Court; and prepare memoranda dealing with
complex and novel legal issues.
Application: Please submit a resume, transcript
and writing sample to:
no later than Tuesday, October 16, 2012. The subject
line of your email must indicate that you are applying for
an extern position at Chicago's Office of the Chief Counsel.
All electronically submitted documents must be in MSWord
or Adobe Acrobat format.
Interviews will be conducted in person and/or by telephone.
All externs must successfully complete a security background
If you are selected, please contact Prof. Gross (firstname.lastname@example.org)
if you wish to do this as a for-credit externship.
Center for Open Government Blog
Voting in the Dark: Open Government
Under Siege in
Chicago Public Schools Elections for Local School Council
June 1, 2012
When you enter the voting booth, how do you select who
will receive your vote if you have no information about
any of the candidates? Due to last-minute changes in Chicago
Public Schools’ (CPS) disclosure policy, members of the
public were unable to obtain information as basic as the
names of CPS’s Local School Council candidates prior to
the April 2012 elections. Local School Councils (LSC) are
elected bodies that play a critical role in Chicago’s public
schools, including approving budgets and evaluating the
State law and CPS’s own policies require transparency.
The Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) compels government
bodies such as CPS to provide the public with requested
information so they may “fulfill their duties of discussing
public issues fully and freely, making informed political
judgments and monitoring government to ensure that it is
being conducted in the public interest.” CPS’ own election
guide requires schools to provide candidate information
to anyone who requests to review these materials prior to
a LSC election. Yet, CPS, citing privacy concerns, made
an eleventh hour change to their own well-established policy
which denied access to individuals requesting to review
the LSC candidate information in person at the schools.
CPS could have simply redacted the private information
in the LSC materials (such as Social Security numbers) and
made available the rest of the file for public review. The
Center for Open Government, Welles Park Bulldog and others
urged CPS to do so in order to safeguard any confidential
information and provide open access to candidate information.
Instead, starting in March 2012, CPS reversed its own policy,
requiring anyone seeking information about LSC candidates
to file a public records (FOIA) request with the central
CPS office. Given the short period before the April election
and the typically long response time by CPS for public records
requests, this “solution” essentially prevented the public
and media from obtaining important information about LSC
candidates before the election.
CPS trampled on fundamental principles of democratic government
by placing unnecessary barriers to the dissemination of
LSC candidate information. Citizens were forced to go into
the voting booth completely in the dark to select the individuals
making policy decisions about their children’s education.
CPS must comply with its own policies and the FOIA law for
future elections. CPS needs to assure the public that future
LSC candidate information is readily available to anyone
who wants it. CPS needs to know that we want the lights
back on in the voting booth.
Prepared by Matthew Kennedy (IIT Chicago-Kent College
of Law, J.D. candidate) and Natalie Brouwer Potts (Executive
Director, Center for Open Government, IIT Chicago-Kent College
We are pleased to announce that Aaron Davis and Michael
Johnson have been selected as the 2012 recipients of The
Fleischman Family Award for Excellence in Criminal Clinic.
The prize includes a $1,250 cash award to be made to each
Brothers Jack and Sidney Z. Fleischman, both members of
the Class of 1987, established this prize to recognize outstanding
second or third year Chicago Kent students who have excelled
in the Criminal Section of the Chicago-Kent Law Offices
program. Specifically, the Award is to be made at the end
of the academic year to the students who best achieve two
hallmarks of excellence: zealous advocacy on behalf of clients
of the Law Offices' Criminal Law Clinic, and dedication
to the Criminal Defense Litigation Program. In establishing
the Award, Jack and Sidney recognize the many contributions
made to Chicago's legal community by their grandfather,
the Honorable Phillip A. Fleischman, Cook County Circuit
Court, and their father, Marshall A. Fleischman, Esq.
Jack and Sidney are partners in their own criminal defense
firm, Fleischman & Fleischman, in Fort Lauderdale and
Palm Beach, Florida. Jack began his career with the Public
Defender's Office in Palm Beach County. Sid worked with
the Cook County and Broward County State's Attorney Offices
before entering private practice with Jack. Both participated
in the Criminal Law Clinic while attending Chicago-Kent.
For a complete description of all clinical programs, please
visit the Law Offices' Home Page at http:\\www.kentlaw.iit.edu/academics/jd-program/practical-skills-training/legal-clinics